The NSW Blues have endured a tough day at Blundstone Arena in the JLT Sheffield Shield on Tuesday.

The Blues were bowled out for 208 after tea on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash and made to follow-on by Tigers' skipper George Bailey.

They were 2-50 at stumps, still trailing Tasmania by 104 runs.

Jackson Bird kept his name in the minds of national selectors with a first innings haul of 3-65 and two late scalps.

He was on a second innings hat-trick when he trapped Nic Maddinson in front and Nick Larkin edged behind.

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Larkin had the misfortune of getting a pair in one day, after Gabe Bell had him nicking to slip for a duck in the morning session.

Tasmania will be hoping forecast showers on Wednesday stay away as they push for an unlikely victory after wild weather washed out the opening day in Hobart.

The Tigers declared overnight at 4-392 and quickly made inroads with a swinging ball, reducing NSW to 3-4 under gloomy skies.

Ed Cowan (67) and former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (38) mounted a mini-revival with a 73-run partnership either side of tea.

Cowan - last season's leading Shield run-scorer - was clean bowled by a Bird inswinger, while Nevill (38) scooped an easy leg-side catch off part-time spinner Beau Webster shortly afterwards.

All-rounder Steve O'Keefe (52 not out) offered some resistance but the tail fell around him.